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Comment on Diablo I (yes, Diablo 1) LAN play on Vista or Windows 7 by Guest 123

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 01:58:43 +0000

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Comment on Medion MD 86162 Media Player remote codes by TerryR

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:02:38 +0000

Great post as I have this remote. Can you tell me if it is IR or X10 as I found a usb X10 Receiver in the dead Medion computer. I may be able to use it on a openelec device.

Comment on Teletext still lives (just) by Chris Till

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 03:43:46 +0000

Oh my gosh I used to love programming the BBCs, they were such a delight! I have vivid memories of doing formatting in teletext - and that each bit of formatting (colour, flashing, etc) would cause a blank space, as that character on the screen would in essence be a "control code". Double-height I recall being a little odd - it would actually cause the line of text to be only the top half of the characters but written the size of a normal character. You would then have to print exactly the same text on the next line with the same double-height code to get the bottom half, which meant you could also make the two halves of the text different colours. My two favourite things about the BBC though were: 1. The completely integrated Econet meant that the computer itself had some pretty nifty network functionality, such as being able to send instructions to another BBC or better yet read/write memory to/from another BBC. So I'd write a program to read the memory dictating which memory mode another BBC was in, set my screen to match, and then read the relevant video memory for that mode and dump into mine - thus enabling you to see what was on their screen. Could also do things like halt another machine - causing a few of us, well, geeks to write battle programs... we'd each go into a lab of BBCs and try and destroy the other lab's before they wiped out yours. Lots of fun. 2. There was an interface port underneath the BBC that, again, was fully integrated into the language. So wiring up circuits and turning ports on and off was an absolute piece of cake. Remember this was in the 80s so pioneering stuff for that time. In fact I remember the BBC even supported writing assembly language directly into your BASIC program, which came in handy when we tried controlling stepper motors and BASIC was too slow to control the motor with so that part of the program had to be written in assembly. Anyways I digress, but the BBC was a very awesome computer. That most software was written in BASIC was even better, I remember a German test program we had to use - displayed a word in English and you had to type it in German. I saved a copy to my personal login space and modified it to accept any keystroke as the correct entry... worked a treat until I let a few friends in on it and with a bunch of us getting perfect scores my scam was out of the bag (though to be fair my punishment was to help the computing department during lunchtimes for a week or two, but to me that was no punishment I continued doing so for several years until socialism became more important). I remember the BBC compact was an even cooler and smaller BBC, but it lacked the interfacing port so wasn't as versatile...

Comment on Teletext still lives (just) by ozzmosis

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:32:11 +0000

I distinctly recall years ago as a teen, circa 1993, watching "Home & Away" and flicking through random Teletext pages and landing on one (one of the 800s, I think) that looked like it was part of Channel 7 Melbourne's internal broadcast system, that displayed the length of the current show segment, how much time was remaining until the next ad break, how long the ad break was scheduled for, and you could watch it update as the TV show aired. I thought that was interesting! Far more interesting than the TV show itself :-)

Comment on Scammers making use of Telstra landline bug – Part 1 by Anonymous

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:24:38 +0000

There is a very easy work around on this method. Hit flash recall and then connect to any other number. Then you can go back to the offending caller recall 2. Then hit recall 1 bang the offending party has gone